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  • Compression Socks for Runners

    “If you're not fast you might as well be stylish,” one of my family friends tells a stranger as he stops to ask us about our socks. We were standing in the metro sweaty and heading back home after a five mile run through DC. Indeed we were quite a site to see, me in a purple outfit with Zensah Argyle compression socks in a checkered pink and gray pattern and her with bright red knee high socks (she is a huge University of Arkansas Razorbacks fan). During the run we ran the huge, mountainous hill right by the capital. I mean it's a beast and at that point we had already run up to four miles. I know for most runners four miles is a breeze, but like we established “we might as well be stylish.” Anyway, I am not sure if it is me building up my endurance or the compression socks, but we flew up that hill. I mean we charged it like Bunker Hill flying past the men and women heading home from work. As we finally reached the top of the hill my legs were tired, but not like they normally would be and I attribute that to my compression socks.

    That's because compression socks are designed to improve circulation to flush out lactic acid for a shorter recovery time, boost performance and provide protection and relief from injuries like shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Many professional athletes swear by compression socks and calf sleeves to keep their legs energized during a race or while training. Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi proudly sports his CEP compression socks while competing in marathons and during training. CEP offers a wide range of performance socks and sleeves in bright blues, greens, pinks and purples for men and women, as well as classic white and black.

    Meb Keflezighi, a 38-year-old immigrant from war-torn Eritrea, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in more than 30 years, crosses the finish line. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon and the first since the bombing at the finish line last year on Monday, April 21, 2014. Staff Photo by Nancy Lane

    Most marathoners and #runchat lovers have heard of notorious athletic brands like CEP, Zensah and 2XU. Why? Because they work. Many professional athletes religiously rock these brands while competing, most noticeably due to their bright colors. If you want to enhance performance, keep your legs energized with 20-30 mmHg compression. This level of compression is ideal if you want to push yourself during your run. Graduated compression also helps to stabilize and support muscles to reduce fatigue as well as soreness and swelling. Performance compression socks are very popular among runners to run farther, faster without the pain. Most athletic compression socks are made with a breathable, lightweight fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you cool and dry.

     

    If you're looking for the perfect "all-in-one" performance and recovery sock, try a pair of socks that provides 15-20 mmHg of compression, so your legs stay energized and heal quickly. This level of compression is also recommended for travel and everyday wear, so you can even wear them to work so your legs are rested for a run afterwards. If you need all-over coverage, try a pairing your socks with the Solidea Compression Capri - great to wear during or after a run, while traveling, or during the day to promote circulation. These high-tech capris utilize patented Micro Massage fabric to help stimulate lymphatic circulation and even helps to fight cellulite! These capri are made from a breathable fabric that is embedded with silver ions to prevent bacteria and odor. You can see why a lot of runners have started wearing compression tights and capris!

    We all know that feeling when you over-do it and your legs are screaming. Luckily, there's an easy fix. After getting back from a long run, throw on a pair of recovery socks so you can get back out there the next day. If you suffered from shin splints in the past, compression socks can help prevent and relieve the pain, so an injury doesn't slow you down. To get the maximum recovery benefits, wear compression socks instead of sleeves. If you're wondering if you should try leg sleeves or socks, it's mostly up to your personal preference. Learn more about the difference between compression socks and sleeves, and see our recommendations in both styles for performance and recovery.

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  • Compression Socks or Sleeves? What's the difference?

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    Compression socks and sleeves are often worn by athletes to recover faster, energize legs and alleviate the pain from common injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, cramping, and Achilles strains. Graduated compression provides support, the stabilization of muscles and joints, and helps to decrease fatigue, swelling and soreness.

    What's the difference between socks and sleeves?

    For the most part, wearing socks or sleeves is a personal preference.  Leg sleeves are made without the foot portion of the sock and provide the same amount of compression as socks.  If you have a lucky pair of ankle socks or sandals, you can still comfortably wear them with calf sleeves. Compression sleeves are also great for triathlons to keep you moving when switching from swimming to cycling. If you are experiencing swelling, you should not wear compression sleeves.

    To get the full recovery and performance benefits of compression, knee highs are ideal. If you are traveling, you should wear compression socks instead of sleeves to prevent blood from pooling in the ankles and feet. Compression socks are more effective in preventing blood clots (DVT) when flying or long periods of inactivity.

    What should I wear for performance or recovery?

    Zensah Compression SocksBoth compression socks and calf sleeves can be worn for performance and recovery. After a long run or tough workout, try 15-20mmHg compression socks to recover faster. To enhance performance, wear socks or sleeves that provide 20-30mmHg compression to boost endurance and to keep your legs feeling energized mile after mile. If you're looking for a sock or sleeve that you can wear for performance, recovery and travel, choose one that provides 15-20mmHg compression.

    Performance:

    1. TheraSport Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 20-30mmHg compression and are made from a stretchy fabric that's easy to get on and off. Made with a moisture-wicking fabric to keep your feet cool and dry. Also anti-microbial to prevent odor.
    2. Sigvaris Performance Socks come in lots of bright colors and provide 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance and protect you from injury. Made with high-tech fibers for thermal and odor control. Stabilizes and reduces vibrations of active muscles.
    3. Solidea Micro Massage Leg Sleeves are made with a fabric that is activated as you move to massage your leg and reduces excess fluid [to help speed up recovery]. Made with a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that contains silver to reduces odor.

    Triathlons: The Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve provides 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance. They also dry quickly and are made with a fabric that won't deteriorate in salt, chlorine or fresh water. This style is also available in a 20-30mmHg compression sock.

    Marathons: CEP Progressive Run Socks are some of the most popular running socks out there. Many athletes like Meb Keflezighi are seen competing in them. These socks come in a variety of colors and provide 20-30mmHg of graduated compression so you can run farther, faster with a reduced risk of injury. Also available in calf sleeves.

    Recovery:

    1. Sigvaris Recovery Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to remove lactic acid and reduce delayed muscle soreness to speed up recovery. This sock is made with patented DriRelease fabric to eliminate odor and moisture, so you can wear it working out too!
    2. CEP Recovery Socks provide graduated compression to reduce lactic acid and decrease muscle soreness. This style is also available with an open toe to wear with sandals.
    3. Therasport Recovery Compression Socks provide 15-20mmHg compression and are available in a variety of fun, eye-catching colors. This style is also available as a leg sleeve.

    Shin Splints: If you have shin splints, these Sigvaris calf sleeves have been proven to prevent and relieve pain and cramping from shin splints. Made latex-free from high tech fibers that prevent odor and provide thermal control. Great for runners, cyclists and triathletes.

    Plantar Fasciitis: Runners often suffer from plantar fasciitis. Get relief with the Sockwell Plantar Ease Ankle Sock. Made from anti-bacterial and thermo-regulating wool and features a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation. This ankle sock provides 20-30mmHg compression surrounding the arch to minimize pain and reduce inflammation.

    See for yourself! Zensah created a great chart to help you decide if you should wear calf sleeves or compression socks. What is your preference?

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  • What's New On BrightLife Go?

    Say hello to two new brands on BrightLife Go - Allegro and Top & Derby. Allegro is our house brand on our sister site, BrightLife Direct. Allegro offers quality compression hosiery at an affordable price. Check out our exclusive Italian Collection below:

    The Allegro Italian Sheers:

    Available in Black, Mocha and Nude, these compression stockings are a must have for every fashionista. These extremely sheer knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose are designed in Italy out of only the finest fibers. The Italian Sheers provide 15-20mmHg compression, which is perfect for everyday wear, traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time.

    Allegro Italian Sheer Collection

    The Italian Sheer Collection keeps your legs feeling energized and prevent fatigue in style. These silky stockings are stretchy and durable to keep you looking and feeling amazing all day long. The thigh highs are made with a gorgeous lace band that has two soft wide silicone bands inside to keep them from falling down, without squeezing your leg. The pantyhose are available in plus sizes and feature a soft knitted waistband that slims the tummy area.

    The Allegro Milk Sock:

    Allegro Italian Milk Compression SockThis one of a kind sock is unlike any compression sock you've tried. This sock is so soft, it's hard to find the words to describe it! The Allegro Milk Sock is woven using milk fiber, a protein in milk called casein. Milk fiber, combined with viscose, nylon and spandex creates a sock so soft that you hardly notice the compression! The Allegro Milk Sock provides 18-22mmHg compression, which is ideal for traveling and everyday use. Great to wear with casual or dress clothing. Designed for men and women in Italy.

     

    The Allegro Wool Sock:

    The Allegro Wool Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to keep your legs energized and ache-free. Wool is naturally thermo-regulating to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Wool is also antibacterial to prevent odor and germs, which is great for hiking and exercising. The Allegro Wool Sock features a non-binding top band to keep the sock from falling down. This soft sock is made with an anatomical right and left foot portion and a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

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    The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks:

    Allegro Italian Cotton Compression Socks

    These comfortable, ribbed socks are made with soft, "no shrink" Italian cotton and are available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg compression. These durable socks are made with a reinforced heel and toe and are perfect to wear everyday and while traveling to prevent swelling and fatigue. The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks feature a non-binding top band to keep the sock in place. Designed in Italy for men and women.

     

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    New Travel Socks:

    If you are planning a trip, check out these eye-catching travel socks. Introducing compression socks by Top & Derby. These socks are designed for men and women with 15-20mmHg graduated compression to reduce muscle fatigue and energize legs. Wear these stylish socks while traveling to prevent blood clots and swelling. Available in three fun colors: "Coral of the Story", "Going Bare Black" and "Not Your Grannys Smith." Ideal to wear as casual socks or to add some personality to your office attire. Top & Derby socks are designed in Canada.

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  • New Colors for 2XU Compression Performance Socks!

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    2XU Compression Performance Socks and Sleeves are now available in new colors for men and women, including red, purple, green, blue, black, pink, white and navy. 2XU stands for “Two Times You” to represent the multiplication of human performance. 2XU Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which is ideal for athletes who want to enhance performance, decrease post-workout soreness, speed up recovery and prevent injury like shin splints. It is also great for traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time to reduce swelling, prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or other conditions.

    2xu-running-1-cI recently tried out a pair of the Ice Green 2XU Women’s Compression Performance Socks. I went for a run before heading to the gym. My legs felt energized and fresh my whole workout. A lot of the time, my legs will ache after running on pavement or a tough work out at the gym, but after wearing these socks the next day my legs didn’t feel sore at all. These socks provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which means that the most pressure is felt at the bottom of your leg and decreases going up towards the knee. The graduated compression helps with muscle containment and improving blood flow, which is why you recover faster and don’t feel as sore the next day. If you are training or regularly work out, these socks are for you. Plus, they’re safe to sleep in so you don’t always wake up limping!

    2XU Performance socks are extremely lightweight, made with a zoned breathability panel as well as seamless stitching for airflow. This material is truly breathable and is perfect for hot weather. Many people shy away from wearing compression socks or sleeves during the summer because they can feel hot or constricting, but thanks to 2XU, you can wear them year-round. These high-tech socks also provide UPF50+ sun protection and are antibacterial. They are made with medical circular 360 degree knit construction from 72% Nylon and 28% Elastane.

    2xu-sock-image-3Another great feature is that the socks are marked with either “L” or “R” so you always know which foot to put it on. They also have the size written on the bottom of the foot, which is nice so you don’t have to figure out what size you are later on. If you have sensitive feet or have a hard time getting compression socks on and off, you should consider the 2XU compression performance sleeves. Calf sleeves are a great alternative to wearing compression socks because you can wear them with any sock or shoe you want. I would highly recommend 2XU Compression Performance Socks or Sleeves to anyone who wants to get or stay in shape. To learn more about 2XU and how these products are made, click here.

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  • Father’s Day Gift Guide

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    This Father’s Day, give your dad something he will use instead of a gift that will sit on the shelf and collect dust. Here is your guide to finding the best gifts for dads who love the outdoors.

    Now that the weather is warm, it’s time for the annual camping trip. This year, surprise your dad with a brand new tent! There are tons of features to consider when tent-shopping, but the most important things are to make sure it’s weatherproof and durable. Make sure to get a rainfly for your tent. Depending on the tent, you can find a see-through rainfly so you can still see the stars. During the day, go for a hike to celebrate the weekend. Get him a new pair of waterproof hiking boots with extra padding to keep him comfortable and dry. Find a scenic overview and snap a picture to remember your Father’s Day adventure.

    No camping trip is complete without grilling. Get your dad some awesome grill tools and accessories to make him feel like the professional he is. This grilling kit comes complete with everything your dad needs for his infamous mouthwatering entrees. For a quick snack, grab a couple of protein bars for the camping trip to give you the extra pick-me-up when you need it most.

    For a fun, everyday gadget, the Timex Ironman GPS Watch is great for dads who love running, hiking and working out. This high-tech watch records your speed, pace and distance with a GPS. You can even save up to 10 workouts and track your progress. The Timex Ironman Watch is water resistant and is designed with an Indiglo Night-Light to work in the dark.

    When you’re packing for vacation, there are a lot of things to remember, but make sure you don’t forget to pack compression socks. Your dad will love wearing these Sockwell compression socks while camping, traveling or exercising. They help to keep your legs energized all day, reduce recovery time after a tough work out and help to reduce swelling and leg fatigue from sitting or standing for long periods of time. The Sockwell Shadowbox compression socks featured above are made in the U.S.A. with extremely soft, Merino Wool to provide moisture management and natural thermoregulation. These antibacterial, blister-proof socks are great for sports, outdoor activities and to wear when you’re on your feet a lot.

    Whether your dad spends a lot of time outside working on the lawn, playing sports or camping, everyone can use suntan lotion and bug spray. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation like sunburn and bug bites. When you’re out in the hot sun, make sure to stay hydrated. Get your dad a BPA-free water bottle to keep him cool and refreshed. Make sure you get one that’s dishwasher safe, durable and also leak proof. No one likes a soggy backpack! You can even get one with a filter to reduce bacteria like salmonella and E.coli.

    Document your vacation without missing a moment with a GoPro. This clever hands free device records pictures and videos. GoPros are extremely popular with athletes for this reason. The GoPro features a touch display and built-in WIFI and Bluetooth to easily share your footage on social media from the GoPro App. It is waterproof and durable, designed to survive dirt sand and water. This is great for dads who never want to miss a moment.

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  • Stylebook: Rock n Roll Marathon – Look 7

    Rock n Roll DC Marathon

    Hey runners! Don’t forget to sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon . Whether you are running the 4th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, the half marathon or taking on the 5K, RnRDC is not something you’re going to want to miss! With live music, cheerleaders and prizes to win, what’s not to love?

    Get Involved

    If you are planning on running, don’t forget to sign up ASAP. Online registration ends March 8, so make sure you register soon!! Want to sweeten the deal? There will be cash prizes for the marathon (1st - 3rd place) and half marathon (1st - 5th place). Additionally, a performance bonus will be granted to all participants based on time, regardless of place. All participants finishing the marathon under 2:18:00 (men) or 2:43:00 (women) will receive $1,000. Yes, you read that right, so run fast!!! If you are competing in the half marathon, men must beat a time of 1:05:00 and women must finish under 1:15:00 to be paid $500 regardless of their place. Check out the CEP section below for some great running tips.

    Are you interested in running for charity? Join a charity training program to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Project HOPE and more. If you have a charity in mind that is not listed, you can even fill out an application to run for a charity of your choice.

    Like all major events, volunteers are the key to success. If you want to help out behind the scenes as part of the Race Crew or as a Medical Volunteer, you can sign up here. With thousands of runners participating, every volunteer makes a difference!

    Entertainment

    If you’re not big on running, there’s something to do for everyone. Between the live music on the course and the double platinum Better Than Ezra band headlining, you’ll be rockin’ your way to the finish line. This band has been featured on Desperate Housewives and Taylor Swift even played a cover to their song “Breathless!”

    If you are a high school cheerleader or you're on the dance team, get involved in the Spirit on the Course Competition to cheer on runners every step of the way. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three cheer teams!

    Pictures will be taken of all participants. If you want to see yours, all you have to do is enter your last name to check out your pictures and order them! That being said, make sure you look and feel your best. Check out my style below to see my must-have items for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Run Marathon.

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    The CEP Advantage

    CEP is one of the official sponsors of RnRDC for a reason! If you want to get that cash bonus (which is solely based on your time), don’t forget your compression socks! With over 60 years of research and development experience, you will fall in love with how great these CEP socks make you feel. Grab a pair of compression socks or calf sleeves to run longer, train harder and recover faster than ever before. CEP is proven to increase performance by 5% and prevent injuries like shin splints, calf cramps, Achilles issues, pulled muscles and more. Impress your friends, family and especially yourself when you beat your best time crossing that finish line in style. Plus, you’re going to need an extra push when you get a look at the course map!

    Not enough hours in the day? Train day or night with CEP Progressive Night Socks for men and women. These socks will give you all the energy you need after a long day and will help you to be more visible in the dark with the built-in reflectors. Features 20-30mmHg of graduated compression to increase circulation and is made with a hydrophile finish that effectively wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and cool. The Night Socks are also available in a calf style for men and women as well.

    CEP Men's Recovery Socks are great for those days you pushed yourself just a little too hard. These socks decrease muscle soreness be reducing lactic acid in the lower leg. Throw on a pair after a long run or tough workout and get back out there in no time so you never waste a day of training. Click here for Women’s Recovery Socks.

    If you have a lucky pair of shoes that are a bit worn but you can’t run without, don’t worry about them rubbing your compression socks the wrong way. Try a pair of CEP calf sleeves to wear with any type of shoe. These sleeves are made with silver ions that are antibacterial and odor-reducing, making them perfect for triathletes and runners. Available for men and women in a variety of colors.

    The Look

    Chaser "Rock n Roll Flag" – Hoodie

    Marshall Minor Earbud Headphones

    Freestyle Unisex Cadence Workout Watch

    Ramones Rock 'N' Roll Bracelet

    Puma Gym Actv Power Short Tight

    Nike Studio Trainer Women’s Gym Shoes

    Love Rock N' Roll iPhone Case

    CEP Women's Progressive+ Run Socks 2.0

    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and show us how you’re preparing for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! #RNRDC

    Thanks for reading. Happy running! :)

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  • Stylebook: Girl on the Go - Look 6

    Looking and feeling your best when you travel is essential. During the cold months, if your destination isn't all that warm and sunny, then throw on your favorite boots and leather jacket. Going on vacation or taking a trip for work is fun and exciting, so make sure to dress the part. After all, you never know who you might run into!

    The first and most important travel tip to follow is to plan ahead! Make sure you check the weather ahead of time to bring the right clothes and shoes. Always pack extras of your essential items, like socks! Just remember not to go overboard or you might find yourself paying extra to get your overly-packed suitcase on the plane. Do some research about where you are going to plan out where you want to go, places to eat and so on. Take out some extra money just in case something goes missing or you see something that you just can't live without. Remember to be friendly and don't shy away from asking questions. If you take a cab, ask the driver what their favorite hangouts are or what restaurant they would suggest for dinner. Try to be open to new experiences because you may never get the opportunity again. Last but not least, don't forget a camera!! Even if you're not super thrilled about your destination, you never know when you'll catch a breathtaking sunset.

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    Whether you are hopping on a plane or sitting in a dreadfully long car ride, make sure you bring a pair of compression socks! When you sit or stand for a long time, your legs start to ache and cramp. When you wear a pair of compression socks that provide 15-20mmHg of gradient compression, it helps to improve circulation, energize your legs, prevent swelling and reduce fatigue. The featured socks are made by Sockwell and are available in four different colors. Wear them to work, while traveling or at the gym. They are antibacterial, blister-proof and have a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation while skiing, hiking or during other sports. These soft socks are made out of Superfine Merino Wool, which provides natural thermoregulation and moisture management. These socks are durable and great for exercise, making them even more comfortable for everyday use. Now you can travel in comfort and style with Sockwell.

    No matter what outfit you wear, you can find what you need to keep your legs energized. Choose from compression leggings, tights, thigh highs or socks in a variety of colors and patterns to stay comfortable where ever your travels may take you.

     

    The Look:

    J Brand Indigo Skinny Jeans

    Frye Elain Vintage Backpack

    Tawny Brown Cashmere Beanie

    TRUE RELIGION Biker Leather Jacket

    Fossil Lizard-Embossed Passport Case

    Timberland Women's Earthkeepers Double Strap Boots

    Sockwell Women's On The Spot Compression Sock 15-20mmHg

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